Mycologist examining large fungi specimens. Photo by Scott Bauer. ARS Photo Gallery Scientific Collections: Mission-Critical Infrastructure for Federal Science Agencies (PDF | 4 MB)

Interagency Working Group on Scientific Collections

The report describes the scope of scientific collections under the stewardship of the federal government and how they are used to carry out critical government functions. The report identifies the long-term stewardship needs for these collections.

Insect Museum

North Carolina State University. Department of Entomology

A systematic resource for insects and mites from North Carolina, Southeastern United States, and in several insect groups, the world. The collections of approximately 1.4 million specimens include: research; genome bank; teaching; and outreach.

European Gypsy Moth (Lymantria dispar). Adult female on the top and adult male on the bottom of the picture. Photo taken by USDA Specimen Collections

Specimen collections serve as the basis for biology and systematics, and provide the core for biological information systems. Collections provide historical baselines to document global diversity, climate change and disturbed ecosystems.

National Collection of Amphibians and Reptiles

Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History

One of the most important herpetological collections in the world with more than 570,000 catalogued specimens. The collection is global in scope with extensive taxonomic coverage.